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Senegal Fires Two Coalition Ministers

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade has fired two ministers, who represented a minor partner in his ruling coalition, and replaced them with officials from his own party.

State media reported Wednesday that Minister of Civil Service and Employment, Yero Deh, and Minister of Urban Planning, Seydou Sy Sall, were being replaced. There was no immediate explanation for the move.

Both officials are from the Democratic League party, whose leader had recently criticized President Wade's work since he took office in 2000.

Mr. Wade named Souleymane Ndene Ndiaye to lead the civil service office, and Assane Diagne to become minister of urban planning.

Political analysts say the changes may be an attempt to strengthen Mr. Wade's Senegalese Democratic Party ahead of legislative elections next year and a presidential vote in 2007.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AFP.